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Subject Areas: Languages and International Studies, History, Drama, Dance and Music
Dr Elena Artamonova is a Lecturer in Russian Studies and Member of the Vladimir Vysotsky Centre for Russian Studies. She teaches a range of modules on Russian Culture and Language, and successfully combines her scholarly and viola performing activities with over 20 years of teaching experience. Elena has published widely on Russian cultural history and music. Her work has been presented at many international conferences, and her world premier CDs on Toccata Classics have been received to a high critical acclaim. Elena joined the School of Languages and Global Studies in September 2018.
Dr Elena Artamonova is an accomplished and dedicated academic, violist and teacher, specialising in Russian cultural studies and interdisciplinary research combined with music performance. She has taught at leading colleges and schools, developing a very high reputation as a linguist and musician with exceptional results. In doing so Elena has designed and successfully taught Russian language courses at all levels combined with modules on Russian history, literature, music and culture, introducing new teaching resources, also providing academic tutoring, preparing students for national examinations, international music festivals and creative writing competitions, as well as organising workshops and cultural events.
Being fortunate to study with some outstanding professors in Russia, Germany, Switzerland and the UK, Elena has a number of international prizes, awards and Degrees with Distinction and First Class Honours to her credit. She also holds a PhD in Performance Practice on Russian Avant-garde movement of the turn of the 20th century defended at Goldsmiths, University of London, in January 2014. Elena is the recipient of international Awards for Research Work Abroad (Goldsmiths, 2008, 2010), as well as for academic and instrumental excellence, including British Reserve String Prize, the Associateship of the Royal College of Music with Honours, Fellowship of the London College of Music, Michael Stucky Trust Award and Louis Krasner Prize, UK.
This unique experience provided a flexible, broad and innovative approach to her own learning and activities as a scholar with research interests that span from traditions of the Old Believers of the 16th century to the National Anthem of the USSR and the Birth of Modern Viola, to name just a pair of examples. With numerous research presentations at international conferences in the UK and abroad (including being Invited Speaker and Performer as well as a Member of Conference Committees), extensive archival investigations, and research publications worldwide on Russian cultural history and music, and on the history of the viola and its repertoire, Elena has brought to light information about Russian-Soviet life that was not previously known either in Russia or the West. Her recording projects with three world premier CDs on the Toccata Classics label with works by Grigori Frid (TOCC 0330), Alexander Grechaninov (TOCC 0234) and Sergei Vasilenko (TOCC 0127), the fruits of Elena’s archival investigations, have been received to a high critical acclaim describing her playing as ‘excellent with smooth and well-focused tone’ (Fanfare) and ‘highly admirable’ (American Record Guide). An advocate for fascinating but often undiscovered and diverse repertoire for the viola, Elena has performed at prestigious concert venues and international festivals as a soloist, chamber-musician and viola leader in the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, the USA and South Korea.
Elena Artamonova, “Orchestration of the National Anthem of the USSR. Recent Discoveries in Russian Archives,” Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research, Vol. 171. Paris: Atlantis Press, 2018, 157-160.
Elena Artamonova, “Alexander Ivashkin: Ambassador for Contemporary Music.” In Between the Lands. A journey through cinema, history, literature, memory and music. Olsztyn, 2018, 259-271.
Elena Artamonova, “Grigori Frid and the Viola: In Conversation with the Composer,” Journal of the American Viola Society, 2017, No. 1, Vol. 33, 27-35.
Elena Artamonova, “Taneev’s School: Sergei Vasilenko – Unjustly Forgotten Composer”, In Memory of Sergei Taneev. 1915-2015. Collection of articles in centenary of Taneev’s death. Moscow: Nauchnyi dom, 2015, 71-87.
Elena Artamonova, “Vadim Borisovsky and His Viola Arrangements: Recent Discoveries in Russian Archives and Libraries, Part I-II”, Journal of the American Viola Society, 2014, No. 2, Vol. 30, 27-36. 2015, No. 1, Vol. 31, 19-30.
Academic and violist specialising in Russian Cultural Studies, Viola Performance and Musicology with interdisciplinary integration of history, aesthetics and music with research interests that span from traditions of the Old Believers of the 16th century to the Avant-garde movement and the Birth of Modern Viola to name just a pair of examples. Undertook extensive research in archives in Russia, United Kingdom and the USA, and brought to light information about Russian-Soviet cultural life that was not previously known either in Russia or the West.
Lecturer in Russian Studies. Elena teaches a range of modules on Russian Culture, Music, History and Language at a variety of levels.
World premiere recording projects based on archival investigations and discoveries:
Grigori Frid, Complete Music for Viola and Piano. Elena Artamonova (viola), Christopher Guild (piano). World premiere recording, CD and Booklet notes ‘Grigori Frid. In Memoriam’ (pp. 2-12). London: Toccata Classics, January 2016. TOCC 0330.
Alexander Grechaninov, Complete Music for Viola and Piano. Elena Artamonova (viola), Nicholas Walker (piano). World premiere recording, CD and Booklet notes ‘Alexander Grechaninov and the Viola’ (pp. 2-9). London: Toccata Classics, April 2014. TOCC 0234.
Sergei Vasilenko, Complete Music for Viola and Piano. Elena Artamonova (viola), Nicholas Walker (piano). World premiere recording, CD and Booklet notes ‘Sergei Vasilenko and the Viola’ (pp. 2-11). London: Toccata Classics, 2011. TOCC 0127.
2018 - present: Member of the Editorial Board of the Peer-Reviewed Journal ‘Art and Culture’.
2016 - present: Member of the International Committee ISCCAC and SIAS.
2011 - present: World premier recordings based on archival findings, the Toccata Classics label.
2009 - present: Extensive archival investigations and numerous research presentations at international conferences as an invited speaker and viola performer as well as a member of conference committees in the UK and abroad.
1995 - present: Recitals and chamber/orchestral performances in the UK, Russia, the USA, South Korea, Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany.
Elena is also holder of international Awards for Research Work Abroad (Goldsmiths, 2008, 2010), as well as for academic and instrumental excellence, including British Reserve String Prize, Michael Stucky Trust Award and Louis Krasner Prize, UK.
International Conference ‘Art Studies, ICASSEE’. State Institute for Art Studies, Moscow, Russia, October 2018. Conference committee, invited speaker. Research presentation: ‘Grigori Frid in Conversation with Arts.’
International Conference ‘Art Studies: Science, Experience, Education, ICASSEE,’ International Science and Culture Centre for Academic Contacts, ISCCAC; Research Centre of Art Studies, Zhengzhou University, China; State Institute for Art Studies, Moscow, Russia, November 2017. Conference committee, invited speaker. Research presentation: ‘Orchestration of the National Anthem of the USSR. Recent Discoveries in Archives.’
International Conference and Concerts ‘Between the Lands. Alexander Ivashkin Remembered,’ Goldsmiths, University of London, June 2017. Conference committee, invited speaker and performer. Research presentation: ‘Homage to Alexander Ivashkin and his Legacy.’
International Symposium ‘Between the Lands. From Poland to Russia via Belarus and Ukraine: a Journey through Cinema, History, Memory and Music.’ MHRA and University College London, June 2016. Invited speaker and performer. Research presentation: ‘Between the Lands: Alexander Ivashkin – Ambassador for Contemporary Music.’